It was just a few weeks ago when the Galaxy S20 series was unveiled, but some early rumors about the next-generation Galaxy S smartphone have started arriving already. Last week, we had reported that the Galaxy S21 could come with an under-display selfie camera. Now, it is being rumored that the phone could have a much better selfie camera compared to the Galaxy S20.
If rumors are to be believed, Samsung could bring an improved front-facing camera with the Galaxy S21 using a bigger sensor and optical image stabilization. The South Korean firm is reportedly testing two prototypes of the upcoming phone, one featuring a 1/2-inch sensor (probably with 48MP resolution) and the other featuring a 1/2.55-inch sensor (probably with 12MP resolution) with OIS.
It would be great if the company brings OIS to the front-facing camera as it enables smoother videos and shake-free still images even under low-light conditions. Whatever Samsung ends up choosing, it would be the first phone from the company to use such a large sensor for the selfie camera.
The Galaxy S20 and the Galaxy S20+ use a 1/3.2-inch 10MP selfie camera (Sony IMX375) with dual-pixel autofocus, while the Galaxy S20 Ultra uses a 1/2.65-inch 40MP (ISOCELL S5KGH1) sensor with Super PD autofocus. All the phones in the series can also record up to 4K 60fps videos using their front-facing cameras. The company first introduced selfie camera featuring autofocus with the Galaxy S8. Later, the Galaxy S10 series featured a selfie camera with an improved, dual-pixel PDAF mechanism.
If the company successfully brings an under-display selfie camera with a larger sensor, dual-pixel autofocus, and OIS in the Galaxy S21, it could be a considerable improvement to the phone’s appearance as well as image quality.